HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Watch the Cookie!
Author and Illustrator: Nancy Cote
Publisher: Sky Pony Press, 2014
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 3 – 6
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Cote, Nancy. Watch the Cookie! (published in 2014 by Sky Pony Press, 307 W. 36th St., New York City, NY 10018). Sam and Mousey are best friends. They read books together, take their baths together, and even sleep together in the same bed. One day, Mousey finally agrees to go to the park with Sam and fly a kite. For Mousey’s bravery in going up on the kite, Sam surprises him with a big chocolate chip cookie. Unfortunately, Sam really has to go and he has to go NOW! He tells Mousey “Watch the cookie. I’ll be right back.” Mousey diligently watches the cookie, but it turns out that he isn’t the only one. Pigeons come pecking and ants come marching. Then a hungry cat appears—and this cat isn’t hungry for a cookie. What will happen to the cookie? And what will happen to Mousey?
My wife picked this book up as a birthday present for a toddler whose family we know, so I read it. I think that it’s really cute. With its simple narration and adorable illustrations, Watch the Cookie! is a delightful storybook about bravery and friendship. Nancy Cote is a children’s book author and illustrator who is the recipient of multiple awards, including the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award, the AGA “Pick of the Lists,” the Smithsonian Notable Book for Children, and the Society of School Librarians International Honor Book. Reader reviewers made comments such as “What a fantastic book!” and “It has become a favorite in our home” and “Great book, cute story, and great illustrations!”